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So, who DID have a house with an outside toilet.

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1 hour ago, Beekay said:

What about when we had a big copper in the corner of the kitchen where you made a fire underneath it. To have a bath or fill a dolly tub you had to ladle it out. That was up in Denton street, off Denman street, mid 50s.

WELL!    First time I have seen your Face Beekay. Is that really you?

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Unfortunately May1947.x

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You look very distinguished BK...... but I miss smiley little 'Jim'

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I'll try and put him back on Margie. Only did it to see if I could. Now I  don't know what I  did.:mellow:

Trimmed me beard down a bit because I looked too much like Harold Shipman!

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If you crumbled it up you got some traction, rather than up your back :Shock:

 

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And just to add to everyone's tales of outside toilets !!  We lived in a regular terrace house from mid 1960's that had at one time like all others have an outside toilet just at the end of the kitchen outside wall. However, by the time my Parents rented it the toilet pan had been 'turned around' to face the other way, original doorway bricked up and another door had been knocked through from the end of the kitchen..so it then became classed 'with indoor toilet'. 

 

Amazingly, there was no bathroom at all or space for one and the only heating was a coal fire in the middle room. We only managed to get hot water as my Dad worked for the Gas Board and somehow procured an Ascot Water heater which he fitted to the kitchen wall over the sink (where us children were bathed each night) 

 

You may now be wondering where my Parents bathed..well.. my gran ( still alive today and 102yrs old despite 7 decades of Sneinton Living ) and her mother, my great gran, lived just along the street and they had the same toilet arrangement AND a full size bath in their little kitchen which was covered by a piece of hardboard when not in use. Hot water was from another of Dads procured Ascot Heaters fixed to the wall/joined into Gas main. And somehow, they also had a cooker and a fridge ( i kid you not- it was a GAS fridge ) and a cupboard in that kitchen.

 

OMG, how we lived or even survived with all that Gas and unhygienic toilets joined directly to the food area. My kids really dont know they're born.

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51 minutes ago, RoseQueen said:

And somehow, they also had a cooker and a fridge ( i kid you not- it was a GAS fridge ) and a cupboard in that kitchen.

 

Not as daft as you might think !   We also had a gas fridge for a few years in the mid 1960s. I'd never heard of such a thing before or since (apart from forums like this). We inherited it from two elderly aunts (the ones on Garden Street, for Jill S's information).

 

I have no idea  how they came to have such a thing, because even in the early 1960s the rest of their house was a timewarp from the 30s.

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If memory serves me right, the original Prefab houses all had gas fridges. Remember my Aunt Ethel, who lived on Cinderhill road had one.

You can still get gas/12v electric fridges for caravans and boats.

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Our next door neighbour when I was a child had a gas fridge. She had it for many years.  George and Emily in Garden Street didn't have a fridge of any description. They didn't need one. There were extensive cellars under the house. All the floors were laid with Victorian tiles and everywhere except the sitting room was icy cold in winter.

 

The wc was right down at the bottom of the large, cobbled yard at the back of the house. No electricity.  At night, they used a chamber pot. No bathroom either.

 

Their house was a Victorian time warp. I think that's why I loved it so much.  I wish it was still there. I'd have loved to live in it.

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